Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2021
Mindfulness meditation (MM) has been documented to have beneficial effects in terms of reducing stress and improving well-being (McConville, McAleer, & Hahne, 2017). It is the intent our current study to teach Doctoral level student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) MM exercises to determine whether this intervention can assist in reducing individual perceived stress levels. A grant proposal will be submitted to create a designated room in the UWO College of Nursing Building in which these techniques can be practiced by students. Over an 8-week period during the summer of 2020, 21 graduate level SRNAs at UWO received a new guided MM exercise each week via the UWO educational platform Canvas. Stress levels and well-being were assessed separately prior to and following the intervention using a pre- and post-test survey. The results support the necessity for creating a mindfulness space in the College of Nursing at UWO. The MM space will be constructed within the College of Nursing and a mindfulness workshop will subsequently be developed. In the future, a room dedicated to these practices can be utilized for further teaching, personal practice of mindfulness techniques, and to advance research in this area.